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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Anaphylactic Shock

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Dr. William Walsh
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Shock (Definition)

Shock is a condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (carrying oxygen & nutrients) to the vital organs in the body. If shock persists, various parts of the body will stop working, and the person will die. Causes of shock include injuries, excessive bleeding, heart failure, infections, chemical imbalances, ...Read more


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Help please! what drug is used to treat anaphylactic shock?

Epinephrine: Is the drug of choice to treat anaphylaxis, you need a prescription for it. ...Read more

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Could you explain physiologically what is happening in the body during anaphylactic shock?

Could you explain physiologically what is happening in the body during anaphylactic shock?

Complex: The pathophysiology of anaphylaxis is complex. It involves the release a lot of many biologically potent mediators from cells like mast cells and eosinophils. These in turn act on tissues like blood vessels causing dilation with a resultant drop in blood pressure and smooth muscles throughout the body such as in the bronchioles causing them to constrict. Multiple organs are affected. ...Read more

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How do doctors treat anaphylactic shock?

How do doctors treat anaphylactic shock?

Several options: There are several medications that can be used depending upon the severity of the reaction. Epinephrine is the main medication that is used to treat anaphylaxis. Additional medications can be used including antihistamines and steroids. ...Read more

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How easily can anaphylactic shock kill a person?

Yes: This is a life threatening reaction, you need to have an epinpephrine autoinjector and then call 911. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever gone into anaphylactic shock and died in a couple of minutes?

Has anyone ever gone into anaphylactic shock and died in a couple of minutes?

Yes...: This can happen if the airway is quickly and severely compromised. This is why it is important to have an epi pen available for anyone who has had this reaction. See your doctor so this can be prescribed. It can be life-saving! ...Read more

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For how long after anaphylactic shock we expect after effects & what after effects?

1-2 days: Developing anaphylactic reactions involves many organs, depending how severe the reaction was. If it was treated as out patient and did not need intubation, usually a few hours to a day the person feels tired. If the person was ill enough to be intubated and admitted to the hospital, the time to resuscitation is key for brain preservation. So it is variable. ...Read more

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How to know if i had a anaphylactic shock or not, how to know if I should use epi-pen?

Hard to know: The best way to prove anaphylaxis is to demonstrate elevated tryptase levels (blood test) at the time of the reaction. Often, this test is not done as symptoms and timing with suspected trigger is enough to diagnose and treat. If one suspects they have had an anaphylactic reaction (now resolved), then they should urgently discuss with a physician to see if epi prescription is needed. ...Read more

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Anaphylactic shock from spring allergies? Is that possible?

Anaphylactic shock from spring allergies?  Is that possible?

Unlikely: Anaphylaxis is usually caused by stinging insects, foods, or medications. Spring allergens in the U.S. Are usually tree pollens. A systemic reaction to airborne pollens would be exceedingly unusual. ...Read more

Dr. Kristin Sokol
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Anaphylactic Shock (Definition)

Anaphylaxis is a severe form of an allergy attack that may include hives and swelling throughout the skin, respiratory problems like asthma and cardiovascular problems like low blood pressure and shock. Treatment includes adrenaline, fluids, steroids, antihistamines ...Read more